Today, December 7th marks the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. We must never forget our history that so many want to ignore, forget, or worse… rewrite.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana, Philosopher, in his 1905 book The Life of Reason, Volume 1
On this 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we find that the above warning has been validated again and again.
From history not being taught in our government schools to the gradual reduction of living memory. So few of our heroes and citizens are left who experienced the shock of the Japanese surprise attack that wiped out over 2,000 American lives on that quiet Sunday morning on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
History shows that America’s greatest generation, those who saw the ghastly smoldering ruins of much of our Pacific fleet and Air Force, had to come to grips with a new reality: we got sucker punched and had to play catch-up. All the while we had other fish to fry in Europe and commitments to the survival of our British allies.
“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.”Dwight Eisenhower
Our grandparents and their parents proved equal to that task as American productivity and ingenuity out-produced and overwhelmed the Japanese Navy at sea and the German army in North Africa and the beaches of Normandy.
“The Axis” never stood a chance after they awakened the American ‘sleeping giant,’ but it required sacrifice at home and the bravery of our young men and women of all the Armed Forces to pull it off. Most Americans today cannot fathom the trust cost of Word War II in Patriots — 405,399.
You cannot honor History that is not taught…
Fast forward to Ronald Reagan and his demand, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The Soviet Union and its oppressive ideology of universal government control imploded in on its own vacuous assumptions.
People everywhere want freedom and self-determination. Our country led the way, and we can be justifiably proud of the generation who helped bring down communism.
Our current generation’s Pearl Harbor was the 9/11 attack. We didn’t so much ignore history (well we sort of did) as we were numbed once again by peace and a feeling of false security. They hit us hard and snuffed out nearly 3,000 lives, and as the Japanese Kamikaze pilots, showed a suicidal disregard for their own lives.
So many years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, remember our greatest generation and their legacy to those who threaten our Republic, and our current brave soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen. The latter won’t soon forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor and 9/11. They are still fighting over in the Middle East, right now, today.
Patton achieved legendary status during World War II, and his plainspoken style endeared him to U.S. troops. Among the quotes credited to him:
“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”General George S Patton
We resoundingly defeated the Japanese and the Nazis in three and a half years. Today our current government can’t even build a working secure Website in that time frame.
As we do each year, we make a rallying call to all Patriots. Let’s not let their ultimate sacrifice be in vain. Our History is who we are; it is part of the life-blood of our Republic.
Let’s remember and honor those who have bravely stood and fought by working to restore our great Nation to its founding principles. The principles that so many have died for…